Popular Post Ania Posted July 2, 2014 at 09:44 AM Popular Post Report Share Posted July 2, 2014 at 09:44 AM This is a review for Common Chinese Patterns 330 (http://www.studychineseculture.com/book.asp?id=5389), a book which I was fortunate enough to receive as part of a free books giveaway on this forum (http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/44629-no-more-free-chinese-books-for-now) I haven’t gone through the entire book yet, but I have covered enough to write a decent review that will hopefully be of some use to other learners. As the name suggests, the book introduces some common patterns used in Chinese, words that always go together, but if you don’t know that particular patterns, you have no idea what the expression actually means. The patterns in the book are arranged alphabetically according to the first character of the pattern and the chapter for each pattern contains the following sections: 1) Explanation – it tells you what the pattern means. 2) Examples – a few sentences that show you how the pattern is used. I found this section especially useful, because sometimes you think you know how to use a certain expression just by reading the explanation, but it’s not until you see it in context that you really start to understand when and how to use certain expressions. I liked the fact that the examples included sentences of different types, so that you can see how the expressions work in different contexts. 3) Dialogues – again a very useful section that lets you see how the patterns are used not only in sentences, but also in dialogues, which allows you to see the expressions as reactions to something that has been said earlier. 4) Exercises – contains exercises where you have to form your own sentences with a particular pattern to complete short conversations. For me it was very useful not just for practicing the newly learned patterns, but also in general. I found the dialogues very practical and helpful. The first three sections are in Chinese and English, so every sentence in Chinese has an English translation. The exercises apart from the instructions are entirely in Chinese (simplified, just like the entire book). All in all, I think the book is a great resource that helps you understand many of the patterns which you have to use in particular contexts and situation and it’s not always easy to use them correctly after just reading an explanation or 1 example. The book offers a lot more and it certainly helped me understand some of the language patterns better. The only complaint I have is that I could have used exercises on multiple patterns, where you would have to choose which one to use. I think that would be even more helpful in understanding the patterns and learning how to apply them. But other than that I found the book extremely useful and I will definitely continue to use it and learn even more from it. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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